Archive for April 9th, 2021

Star Wars (A New Hope) 1977

Star Wars is one of the most popular franchises to ever exist, spanning over a dozen movies, TV shows, and spin-off series. But it all starts with the iconic title sequence. It begins with  “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” The blue font itself is unremarkable and sits in front of…

Film Before the Film: His Dark Materials (2019)

The opening sequence for “His Dark Materials” offers many design elements for analysis. The most prominent design elements are light, movement, and sound. At the 20 second mark, the camera begins moving backward at a moderate pace. The camera is on a linear, horizontal path—almost like it’s moving back through time. As the camera is…

Flash Gordon

The opening of Flash Gordon, once finished with the villain’s introductory dialogue, plays the dramatic theme of the titular main character. The opening uses both art and real shots that are implied to be occurring in-world while the title and cast member cards are rolling. The art used is in keeping with the setting and…

Punisher: War Zone

Since the creation of man, art and pictures have been an integral part of life. The evolution of troglodytes creating paintings within cave walls to high definition action movies packed with explosions and surround sound is quite astounding.  With hundreds of major motion pictures being created yearly, it is critical to understand the importance of…

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (2014)

The opening title sequence to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, designed by Kelli Miller and Trollbäck + Company, is a bright and fast-paced collection of imagery that is organized and thoughtful in its design and execution. This title sequence sets the mood for the show through its use of movement and transitions, use of…

The Tortoise and the Hare 1966

The Tortoise and the Hare used the use of visual elements by focusing on how typography can be incorporated into live action, specifically through moving cars. Throughout the opening title sequence, there is an abundant use of text on all the moving vehicles like cars and trucks. Certain trucks like a dump truck and cement…

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)

The Mummy movie franchise consists of multiple films by Universal Pictures. These films are renowned for their action, adventure, and horror, primarily focusing on Egypt and the mummy mythos associated with its history. However, as the films continued to be produced, the franchise moved its setting from Egypt to China. In The Mummy: Tomb of…

American Dynasties: The Kennedys

For this assignment, I chose the introduction to American Dynasties: The Kennedys. The opening begins on photos of Joseph P. Kennedy Sr and Rosemary Kennedy, the heads of the Kennedy family. Their names are displayed next to them before zooming in on an animation of them holding hands, before moving down and showing their children.…

An Inconvenient Truth

The film begins with peaceful music and slow narration discussing the serene beautiful environment being shown on screen. There’s a sparkling river, bright green foliage, and a beautiful blue sky with the sun shining brightly.  The narrator says “look at that river flowing by, you notice the leaves gently rustling in the wind” while the…

Yellowstone

Yellowstone’s opening scenes do a great job in preparing the viewer for what they are about to watch.  The three elements of design that were most evident to me were the use of visuals, sound, and lighting.  The creator used graphics that depicted different elements of the plot by creating a video of different silhouetted…

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

The beginning of 2001: A Space Odyssey is confusing, at first–is this the right movie? Did something go wrong? For the first three minutes, the screen is black, and absolutely devoid of color, form, or movement. The only cue is auditory: a quiet, synthetic, and dissonant hum, which, every so often, grows louder as an…

Splice

The opening title sequence for Vincenzo Natali’s sci-fi film Splice sets the tone for an experience that promises to be unsettling. Intriguing perhaps, peculiar for certain, but above all floats an air of uneasiness. The screen blooms with sickly, emerald light. Effervescent bubbles rise around webbed tissue and inhuman viscera. The names of the cast…

Community (2009)

The opening to the TV show, Community, features an animated paper fortune teller, upbeat music, and a classroom setting. To someone who has no context about the show, you may assume that it is a light-hearted, possibly comedic, show about students and their lives in school. As someone who has watched this show, that is…

Captain America- The First Avenger (2011)

The imagery in the title sequence is Military based using military posters/ Propaganda as a way to reinforce the themes of the movie. The creators implemented 3d animation into 2D historical posters. They used a technique to bring iconic propaganda posters to life and in a 3d spaces. The way that these works are like…

Ant-Man

The movie I chose was Ant-Man, a Marvel Studios film released in 2015. It follows Scott Lang, played by Paul Rudd, as he is recruited for a heist by Hank Pym (Micheal Douglas), and becomes the Ant-Man. The title sequence of this move has various design elements that relate to the film itself. One of…